Your PPV-website IBleedIndie.com
- in a few words, what is it about and what's the philosophy behind it?
is a PPV site for indie horror movies. The idea behind it is to provide a
VOD platform for filmmakers who prefer to self-distribute their films. We
do also have films from indie-friendly distributors.
inspired you to create IBleedIndie in the first place? And how do
you think it differs from other PPV-websites?
Well, it is
was just an idea I had. I have been trying to bring attention to indie
horror for years now. I own indie-friendly horror news site
created an annual indie horror award show called The Golden Rake Awards,
and I have helped fund several films so far.
IBleedIndie differs from
other ppv sites in several ways. We focus on indie, filmmakers get 90% of
revenue and keep all rights to their films, some of the films are
available for digital download in addition to rent, and we also carry
short films in addition to features.
Basic question, why
horror, is that a genre at all dear to you, and why (not)? And what do you
find especially fascinating about the indie side of things?
entire focus is horror. It is my favorite genre and I have been working in
it for 4 years now. I like the indie side of things because that is where
all of the creativity is. Big budget films are all just squeezing every
last dime out of the success of Paranormal Activity at this point. It is
getting very, very tiring.
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So do talk about some of the
filmmakers and distributors who provide content for your site!
we have Shawn Burkett [Shawn
Burkett interview - click here] who has films Don't Fuck in the
Woods, Watch This,
The Sleeping Soul, and Midsummer Nightmares 1+2 on the site with his next
film, Betsy, already pre-confirmed, Dave Williams [David
R. Williams interview - click here] with a slew of films
like FrightWorld and
Prison of the Psychotic
Damned, a Danish filmmaker
named Kim Sonderholm [Kim
Sonderholm interview - click here] has a ton of great films up, Daniel Murphy has his
House of Whores films, Night of the Dolls, and And Then You
Schirmer [Scott Schirmer
interview - click here] has Plank Face and Harvest
Lake, and those are just a few.
far as distributors, we currently have deals with SGL, Artsploitation,
Wild Eye, BrinkVision, Self Destruct, and Cinema
What sort of quality are you looking for in films you would run
on IBleedIndie, and how does one apply even?
are looking for enjoyable low budget films. I would consider
"quality" to be a misnomer when it comes to what we are looking
for. I don't care if you have the best equipment. Some films can be very
charming with grainy footage or other elements of being technically
subpar. I am looking for, simply, enjoyability. Isn't that what it's
about? If I can sit through the movie and at the end be glad that I did,
then that's a good film.
Any filmmakers interested in putting their
films on the site can contact us through the site's contact form.
have only very recently launched IBleedIndie - so anything you
can tell us about audience response yet?
Things are slow
but steadily building. We get a few rentals and/or purchases everyday. We
are close to 1000 likes on FB already. Three more distributors are in
talks with us and we are looking into cross-promoting with three horror
subscription crate services.
Any future plans for
Currently we are website only. Eventually we
plan to look into a mobile app and a Roku channel.
As far as
I know, you (very much like me) entered the filmworld running a film
website - so do talk about TheBlood-Shed.com
for a bit, and to what extent has it laid the groundwork for I Bleed
TheBlood-Shed is a site I took ownership of two
years back. We focus on indie horror news primarily. We also act as a
production studio and comic book publisher, with projects I am involved in
being released under our label. As of this year, we are also a partner to
Eli Roth's Crypt TV viral media company.
The site has been a huge help with IBleedIndie as it has helped me to
build the network that I need. Also, it brings more people to me as we get
screeners sent to us to review and if I like them I can then bring up
Only recently, you've also gone into film
production, producing films from all over the world it seems - so do talk
about that aspect of your career for a bit, and how do you choose the
films you intend to produce?
Actually the film producing
has been going on longer than any other of my endeavors. I got my first
executive producer credit while still in college back in 2013. I enjoy
working behind the scenes to help these movies get made. I want to be the
Jason Blum of indie. I choose films by looking at several factors like the
creativity of the idea, the prior work of the filmmakers, etc.
other aspects of your career we need to cover, any future projects outside
of I Bleed Indie?
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I am also an actor, screenwriter, SFX artist, comic book writer, and paranormal investigator. My current
comic project is a horror comic called We Kill The Dead which is a love
letter to the slasher genre setting a world record for most separately
owned characters crossing over in a comic. We have 24 horror villains from
all different slasher movies cameoing in the book with owner permission,
like Leslie Vernon, Porkchop, and BBK. The first issue is out now and
issue two of this four issue series will be out early next year.
As far as paranormal investigating, my first documentary, involving a
local legend for a place called Pigman Rd, is currently in post
Filmmakers who inspire you?
mentioned, Jason Blum would definitely be one. There is just something
very fulfilling to be working be working behind the scenes to help the
films get made.
Your favourite movies?
I enjoy slasher
films, military horror, and underground art horror the most.
and of course, films you really deplore?
Shocking for the
sake of shocking is just so boring. I have a great distaste for Rob
Zombie's entire cinematography as a result. And as I have said, I am sick
to death of the many paranormal/demon possession films out right now. I
have actually gone out of my way to avoid most films along those lines for
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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
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Thanks for the interview!